Blackjack Basics

Hit or Stand game play is based on Las Vegas and Atlantic City multiple deck casinos rules. You will find that Blackjack rules will vary from casino to casino. This tends to make learning Blackjack strategy a little more complicated. Keep in mind that many correct moves are fundamental enough that they do not deviate from casino to casino. You will also find that most larger scale casinos use basically the same rules no matter where they are located. Listed below you find the basics of playing Blackjack. Once you understand the simple rules below you’ll be on your way!

  • The goal of Blackjack is to beat the dealer’s hand without going over 21.
  • Face cards are worth 10. Aces are worth 1 or 11 (whichever makes a better hand).
  • Each player starts with two cards, one of the dealer’s cards is face down until the end of the hand.
  • To ‘hit’ is to ask for an additional card. To ‘stand’ is to keep what you already have and end your turn.
  • If you go over 21 you ‘bust’, and the dealer wins in spite of  the cards they are holding in their own hand.
  • If you are dealt 21 from the start, you have Blackjack.
  • When you have Blackjack and win, customarily you win 1.5 the amount of your bet. This of course depends on the casino.
  • The dealer will ‘hit’ until his cards total 17 or higher.
  • When you ‘double’ it’s like a ‘hit’, except the bet is doubled and you only get one more card.
  • ‘Splitting’ is when you have two of the same card , the pair is split into two hands. ‘Splitting’ also doubles your bet, each hand is now worth your original bet.
  • You can only ‘split’/’double’ on your first move, or first move of a hand that is a ‘split’.
  • You can’t play on two aces after they are ‘split’.
  • You can ‘double’ on a hand  resulting from a ‘split’, tripling or quadrupling your bet.